Clashin, Debbie – Water Jar with Moth and Butterfly Wing Designs
This is a striking long-neck water jar by Debbie Clashin. She is a cousin of noted potter Mark Tahbo and a descendant of Grace Chapella. Debbie has quickly become well known for her large-sized traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery. The jar has a rounded shoulder and an elongated neck with a slightly turned-out rim. The jar has a graceful form that perfectly matches the complex painted designs. The piece is painted with bee-weed (black) and clay slips. The neck of the jar is slipped with red clay. The top of the shoulder is painted with two sections of intricately designed moths. The moth design is one that was made famous by Grace Chapella. Separating the moths are butterfly or bird wing patterns. Below the shoulder are mountain designs using red and orange clay slips. The jar was traditionally fired with exceptional fire clouds across the surface. It is signed on the bottom “Debbie Clashin” and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”. There is certainly a wonderful depth of coloration on this jar, matched by its complex painted designs.